Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple
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6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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The 13th century temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, is a monumental Hindu structure dedicated to the sun God or Surya.
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  • Shiva Shinde
    Nagpur District, India10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The largest Sun temple on earth
    This is a marvelous place for those who love history, architecture or astronomy. There is a show about history of sun temple in AC theatre, which is a great relief from scorching sun. You will first enter an AC chamber which has many information pieces and miniature models of different temples of Odisha. Temple is good for photography and sightseeing. There are good hotels inside the campus where you can dine in. You will only know by going there, why I emphasized on AC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Iris1926
    Ahmedabad, India99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good visit.
    It's a very photogenic place. But there was construction/renovation going on, so it was a little inconvenient. There were a group of transvestites immediately behind us who were teaching each other looking at the figures😊. Outside the entrance, there were a lot of photographers protesting against tourists carrying their mobile phones inside, coz their livelihood was getting affected. Visiting Konark with friends or spouses Gf/BF is a better idea than going with family. It's a little embarassing!
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 7, 2023
  • gautam015
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Konark Light and sound show
    Visited Sun Temple with Govt. approved Guide Sri Suryamani Malla, Serial No. 20. He explained beautifully about the temple. Watched Light and sound show. It was a very good experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • CAManSon
    California119 contributions
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    Architectural marvel
    Went here in June and even in the sweltering heat, loved spending every minute seeing this marvel. The architecture is phenomenal! It is sad to see that many portions of this beautiful temple have been destroyed, also, sad to see some people wanting to go into areas that are clearly closed off. Such marvels must be respected and kept clean for many more generations to come. Only recommendation would be to try and when the weather is better (avoid summer months if possible).
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Katie
    Chicago, Illinois6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Konark
    This is an incredibly landmark that is a must see if you’re in the area. It’s well worth the drive from Bhubaneswar. I recommend going early—we were there right when it opened at 6am and appreciated that there weren’t a ton of people around (although there were still other groups there).
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 7, 2023
  • OnAir33764236944
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent heritage site
    It’s wonderful heritage site to visit. If you visit with a group bus, will be a good option. 2 hours minimum needed to see from all sides. Plan a visit in the evening can include light & sound show too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • VinoOne
    Chennai (Madras), India121 contributions
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    You can find the exact time - Dedicated to sun god
    Try to visit either little early in the morning or late evening. It is very sunny in the noon and humid as well. Requires 1 hour to see in detail. Suggest to engage a guide, to get the full details and the way to find the current time from the wheel axle shade.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 15, 2023
  • skdel2016
    National Capital Territory of Delhi, India281 contributions
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    One of the outstanding examples of temple architecture
    The temple at Konarak, near sea sore of bay of Bengal-On the way to Puri from Bhubaneswar, is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya's chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. Built in the 13th century, it is one of India's most famous Brahman sanctuaries. One of the outstanding examples of temple architecture and art as revealed in its conception, scale and proportion, and in the sublime narrative strength of its sculptural embellishment, famous for its Chariot wheel- representing timings of human behaviour and many more..... A must place to visit and hope it could be preserved more in scientific way. Don't forget to take a guide which is available at nominal cost otherwise it will be just a monument... Enjoy..
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 18, 2023
  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom185,121 contributions
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    Awesome Archaeology & Temple
    The Konark Sun Temple is a 13th century temple complex dedicated to the Hindu sun god, Surya. The main temple in the complex is immense and has the appearance of a chariot being drawn by seven horses. Sadly, only a few of the horses remain and only a couple are largely intact. The chariot was depicted as being carried on 24 wheels, each with a diameter of three metres. Like the facade of the temple, the wheels are also richly decorated. The absolute standout features of the temple are the reliefs on the walls. Both religious and secular themes are represented in sculptures. Some motifs do occur repeatedly such as flautists, dancers and erotic sculpture of graphic level of intimacy. Major Hindu deities of Shiva, Vishnu, Durga and Ganesh are all represented. The only downside is that the place is incredibly busy. I visited from Bhubaneswar and arrived mid morning. I did manage to get about 2 hours of visit which was a good amount, but it would probably have been better to visit mid afternoon in cooler temperatures and it would also have been less crowded. I also recommend visiting the Konark Temple Museum beforehand as it gives a lot of insight into the historical and architectural context.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 29, 2024
  • PANDEY JI
    Varanasi, India1,637 contributions
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    Beautiful Temple!!
    A landmark of Bharatiya ingenuity. This 700 old temple represents what the level of science, technology, fashion, culture was 700 years ago. A temple dedicated to Sun God. The main sanctum Santorum was destroyed by the British. Two giant magnets were placed at opposite endsthe top which helped the Idol of Lord Surya in a float. The two giant magnets interfered with the British navy navigation instruments, they destroyed the magnets and Sanctum Santorum which eventually interfered with the magnetic field around the temple causing other structures to fall. The intricate carvings and sun clock will blow your mind and the same time invoke a sense of pride.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2024
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May 2024 • Family
During my visit to this divine place I realised that the location of the Konark Sun Temple adds to its mystique and allure. Situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, the temple is surrounded by natural beauty, with the sound of the waves providing a serene backdrop to the majestic structure. The temple's strategic location also aligns with the sun's movements, with its main entrance facing east to greet the rising sun.

The temple complex is divided into three main parts: the natamandira (dancing hall), the jagamohana (assembly hall), and the garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum). The garbhagriha once housed a colossal image of Surya, which is now in ruins, but the remnants still evoke a sense of awe and reverence.
Written May 17, 2024
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abrahamsuji
Bangalore District, India467 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Solo
Amazing example of our cultural and architectural heritage. Spell binding stone images. We'll preserved premises. Must visit
Written April 13, 2024
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Rajesh W
Bengaluru, India36 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
as you all know Konark is 30 Km from Puri and 60Km from Bhubaneshwar.
very beautiful fallen architecture and a UNESCO World heritage site . you wont find anything else here except Chandrabhaga beach and Sun Temple. as the name suggests, it is not a temple and is only a view point.

Inside the temple premises there is an arts gallery run by Indian Oil, please do visit this before Sun temple to understand the significance of the architecture.

you have drinking water available behind the main temple, tip: the old style hand pump water is very good to drink and it tasted sweet. and they also have good washrooms.

I came from Hyderabad and did not find good place to eat. my cab driver took us to one hotel called Okaasan Restaurant which was not good for vegetarians.
Written April 13, 2024
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PANDEY JI
Varanasi, India1,637 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
A landmark of Bharatiya ingenuity. This 700 old temple represents what the level of science, technology, fashion, culture was 700 years ago.
A temple dedicated to Sun God. The main sanctum Santorum was destroyed by the British. Two giant magnets were placed at opposite endsthe top which helped the Idol of Lord Surya in a float. The two giant magnets interfered with the British navy navigation instruments, they destroyed the magnets and Sanctum Santorum which eventually interfered with the magnetic field around the temple causing other structures to fall.
The intricate carvings and sun clock will blow your mind and the same time invoke a sense of pride.
Written March 27, 2024
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Jalaja Mani
Bengaluru, India34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The Kalinga architecture unique to Orissa region of India is similar to the Chandela temple architecture seen in Kajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. The architecture so beautiful with intricate carving is worth seeing.
Written March 10, 2024
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PrithviHaldea
New Delhi, India309 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Friends
In my second visit to this amazing temple, I was as impressed by the skills of the architects centuries ago. This is simply a marvel.
Written March 5, 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,121 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Friends
The Konark Sun Temple is a 13th century temple complex dedicated to the Hindu sun god, Surya. The main temple in the complex is immense and has the appearance of a chariot being drawn by seven horses. Sadly, only a few of the horses remain and only a couple are largely intact. The chariot was depicted as being carried on 24 wheels, each with a diameter of three metres. Like the facade of the temple, the wheels are also richly decorated.

The absolute standout features of the temple are the reliefs on the walls. Both religious and secular themes are represented in sculptures. Some motifs do occur repeatedly such as flautists, dancers and erotic sculpture of graphic level of intimacy. Major Hindu deities of Shiva, Vishnu, Durga and Ganesh are all represented.

The only downside is that the place is incredibly busy. I visited from Bhubaneswar and arrived mid morning. I did manage to get about 2 hours of visit which was a good amount, but it would probably have been better to visit mid afternoon in cooler temperatures and it would also have been less crowded. I also recommend visiting the Konark Temple Museum beforehand as it gives a lot of insight into the historical and architectural context.
Written February 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

skdel2016
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The temple at Konarak, near sea sore of bay of Bengal-On the way to Puri from Bhubaneswar, is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya's chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. Built in the 13th century, it is one of India's most famous Brahman sanctuaries. One of the outstanding examples of temple architecture and art as revealed in its conception, scale and proportion, and in the sublime narrative strength of its sculptural embellishment, famous for its Chariot wheel- representing timings of human behaviour and many more..... A must place to visit and hope it could be preserved more in scientific way. Don't forget to take a guide which is available at nominal cost otherwise it will be just a monument... Enjoy..
Written December 19, 2023
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Gp Capt R K D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,073 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Couples
The visit to the temple is a big yes. 35 kms from Puri. The Konark Sun Temple is conceived as a giant stone Chariot with 12 wheels. It is the most famous of the few sun temples built in India. It is located about 35 km of Puri in the state of Odisha Although many portions are now in ruins, what remains of the temple complex continues to draw not only tourists. Konark stands as a classic example of ancient Indian architecture, complete with a colossal structure, sculptures and artwork on myriad themes.
Written December 14, 2023
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Jayant
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Exceptional carvings on all walls. Very intricate details on all the murals. The famous chariot wheels depict various things in their lives. Painting on the upper side show erotic moments and it is very revealing to know openness of the society then.
The entire temple is not in good shape. In fact there is a lot of destruction done by humans and weather. It must be a gorgeous temple when built.
Don't miss Indian oil museum. Actually you can watch it before going to the temple.
Plan to spend about 3 hours to view the temple. If you want to watch light and music show, start your tour after lunch. The show starts after sunset.
Written November 12, 2023
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